For the first time in recent years, a SUV is now Japan’s best-selling car. According to data tabulated by the Japan Automobile Dealers Association, in April 2017, Toyota C-HR crossover had in April, overtaken the Toyota Prius and Nissan Note to become Japan’s best-selling car.
Launched in Japan in December 2016, sales of the C-HR have improved progressively over the last four months. In April, Toyota sold 13,168 units of the C-HR, giving it a strong lead over second-placed Toyota Prius (9.920 units) and Nissan Note (9.263 units).
In Japan, the C-HR is offered with either a 1.2-litre 8NR-FTS turbocharged petrol engine that’s shared with the European/Japanese market Yaris or a 1.8-litre petrol-electric 2ZR-FXE hybrid engine from the Prius. The turbocharged variant is only available as an all-wheel drive while the hybrid is a front-wheel drive.
Measuring 4,360 mm long, 1,795 mm wide and 1,565 mm tall with a 2,640 mm wheelbase, the C-HR is slightly longer, wider, with a lower roofline than the its closest competitor, the Honda HR-V (4,294 mm long, 1,772 mm wide, 1,605 mm tall, 2,610 mm wheelbase).
Having been previewed in Indonesia and Thailand, the C-HR certainly coming to Malaysia, but not so soon, as the model is not expected to be launched in Malaysia until 2018, possibly imported from Thailand.
The C-HR will be previewed for the first time in Malaysia (albeit the display model is a slightly different Australian specifications model) at this weekend’s Carlist.my MAA DRIVE Test and Buy event at the Setia City Convention Centre in Setia Alam, Shah Alam, Selangor.
Members of public welcomed to visit Toyota’s booth, where the Toyota Gazoo Racing Vios will also put out on display.
Happening from 10am to 10pm on May-13 and May-14, the event invites members of the public shop, test drive and compare more than 50 models from 15 different car brands in one location. Register your interest here to win a Touch ‘N Go card with RM30 preloaded value. On top of that, the first 400 visitors to register and complete a test drive will receive a Caltex petrol voucher worth RM30.